Sports

MC Hammer helps propel swimmers in practice-full week
Alex Wentz, reporters

After many battles, the St. Louis U High swim team had an uninterrupted week to hammer away at their raw skills and forge themselves into new weapons as sharp as shark’s teeth. Last week, the swim team had the rare opportunity of having a week with no meets, but that certainly did not make it a rest period.

XC showcases unparalleled depth in strong showing at Parkway West
Joe Labarge and Sean Kellogg, reporters

The SLUH cross country team was able to show off its incredible depth for the second week in a row by sweeping all but one division at the Parkway West Dale Shepard Invitational this past Saturday and taking home an abundance of medals. While the varsity squad had some mishaps, the rest of the team was able to clearly separate themselves from the rest of the field.

SLUH Takes Home Big Win In the Jr. Billiken Classic, But Falls Victim to the Red Tide
Nathan Rich and Chase Hatch, Editor, reporter

Chaminade has tormented SLUH soccer for years. Last year, it was the Red Devils who knocked the Jr. Bills out of the District Tournament with a 1-0 win. That same season, Chaminade took the regular season match against SLUH by the same score. Two years ago, it was a 5-1 loss. In fact, it’s been years since SLUH has topped Chaminade in soccer. This year, even the star-studded roster of the Jr. Bills fell victim to the Chaminade curse in a close 1-0 loss. Now, with a single loss eating away at their record, the Jr. Bills (11-1-1) are trying to stay positive with their sights set on late October.

Soccer still perfect after Kentucky trip, ranked 10th in the nation
Nathan Rich, Sports Editor

 The news of SLUH soccer is quickly spreading outside the city. After weeks of dominating both public and private high schools around St. Louis, the Jr. Bills took their talents on the road last weekend, sweeping through the River Region Rumble in Paducah, Ky. Now, as the wins keep adding up, a recent poll from United Soccer Coaches even has SLUH Soccer ranked at No. 10 in the nation. With national recognition now under their belts, the Jr. Bills are preparing to carry their momentum on through the final half of the season.

Top XC runners enjoy out-of-state success at Palatine, JV dominates Fox Invitational
Joe Labarge and Sean Kellogg, reporters

The SLUH XC team was divided among two different meets last weekend, with the top 14 runners travelling all the way to Palatine, Ill. to compete in one of the most stacked meets in the whole state. The rest of the runners got to show off their skills at Fox’s Ed White Invitational at Arnold City Park.

Swimming snags second at statewide Mizzou meet
Alex Wentz, reporter

Engulfed in foreign seas and surrounded by a jungle of black and yellow, the St. Louis U. High swim team fought tooth and fin to emerge with new hardware. Last Saturday, the swimmers traveled to Columbia, Mo. to compete in Mizzou’s massive swimming facility. The Jr. Bills tied the Rockhurst Hawks, last year’s State Champions, for second place, an unexpectedly fantastic outcome.

Early lead into disappointing loss against CBC
Coby Spratte and Jack Rybak, Core Staff

In a battle against CBC, the heavyweight of the MCC, SLUH found themselves in a surprisingly close game in the first half. Down only 21-24 against the Cadets heading into the locker room, hopes seemed high. They couldn't hold on, though. CBC controlled almost every remaining drive of the game and ran away with the score, winning 59-27. 

XC has successful day at Sioux Passage, set for Palatine and Fox this weekend
Joe Labarge and Sean Kellogg, reporters

Excitement filled the air as the SLUH XC team took on one of the hilliest courses in the whole Midwest last Saturday at the Paul Enke Invitational. They were able to put on quite a show, with some impressive times and the highest team finish in the meet for the team in the last decade.

Endgame magic leads SLUH Soccer to first place in CBC Tournament, first win since 2017
Nathan Rich and Chase Hatch, Editor, reporter

When sophomore Gabe Hafner stepped up to the line for a throw-in against CBC, he surely had no idea the miracle play he was about to set in motion. With 12 seconds left, he lobbed the ball into the air to sprinting senior Evan Yalavarthi, who flicked it to senior Tyler Van Bree, who settled and then shoved the ball across the middle to sophomore Grant Locker. Locker, surveying his options, sent the ball off a defender and into the reach of senior Johnnie Ferrara. As time expired, Ferrara turned and fired a one-timer towards the goalie, which bounced off his foot and into the back of the net for an improbable win. 

Freshmen lead victory over De Smet, team looks forward to Columbia meet
Alex Wentz, reporter

 Last Friday, the JV swim team experienced their first one-on-one battle, dueling Desmet’s best warriors. As the more seasoned Varsity swimmers returned to their barracks, the young Jr. Bill’s team found themselves stepping up against an army of Spartans. 

Varsity XC still confident despite slight falter at FPXC, V2 set for Sioux Passage
Jackson Cooper, Joe Labarge, Sean Kellogg, Core Staff, reporters

Anticipation soared as the SLUH cross country team prepared to face off against fierce competition from across four states including the best teams in Missouri at the Forest Park Cross Country Festival (FPXC) last Saturday. The team put up impressive performances across the board, including the first Forest Park JV victory and first individual winner in several years.

Swim team shines at all levels in wins against Ladue, CBC
Alex Wentz and Ben Ortmann, reporters

Claiming victory at their first battle royale, the St. Louis U. High swim team absolutely eviscerated their enemies in Ladue’s water-filled coliseum. The tenth place team got 2 points, the second place team earned 337 points, and the Jr.Bills felt a tad chilly sitting on their throne so high up with 713 points.

Wins keep rolling SLUH soccer, focus turns to CBC tournament
Nathan Rich and Chase Hatch, Editor, reporter

In their past six games, SLUH soccer has scored 25 goals. Their opponents have scored just three. In summary: this year’s Varsity team is good, and they're off to a dangerously hot start. Four additional wins over the past week have the team at 6-0-1 on the season and poised to turn heads at the CBC tournament.

Soccer off to strong start, offense leads the way to back to back wins
Nathan Rich and Michael Robinson, Sports Editor, reporter

SLUH Soccer is rolling right now. After scoring 10 goals in their past two games, head coach Bob O’Connell’s varsity squad is an entertaining team to watch. Back to back wins have the Jr. Bills sitting at 3-0-1 after four games. 

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